“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
The word “thank you” is a big one in our house. I feel like I repeat it ALL DAY LONG. “Say thank you.” “What do you say?” “PLEASE say thank you!” “You are embarrassing me, say thank you!” I say it so often that I think the words have lost their meaning.
What I really want to teach my children is how to have a spirit of thanksgiving. I desire for them to revel often in their gratitude toward the Lord – for His creation, blessings of school, family and friends. I think this attitude is often learned. Instead of constantly asking my children to say thank you, why not model gratitude by audibly thanking the Lord throughout the day – for sunrises, gorgeous weather, blue sky, leaves changing (that happens in Orlando, right?), birds, and lakes. In addition, thank the Lord for friends, spouses, helpers, family and other things we take for granted every day (dishwasher, washing machine, working cars, food, etc.). As we are thanking the Lord, we are reminding our children that everything and everyone around us, as well as all of the things we hold so dear, actually belong to the Lord. They are His creation, and that understanding creates the foundation of our thankfulness.
As we enter into this joyful season of thanksgiving, remember to adopt an attitude of gratitude. We are going to wake up each morning this November and talk about one thing we are grateful for and spend a moment thanking the Lord for that blessing. I hope you will join me in this challenge and watch how it blesses you and your family!
Grace Brown, Faith and Family Coordinator